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watch for me at the young turks dot-com. chris matthews has great topics for you tonight on "hardball." it is the place for politics. can the democrats make a comeback? he'll tell you all about that. it starts right now. damage control. let's play "hardball." good evening. i'm chris matthews back in washington. leading off tonight, democrats fighting back. here's the story based on the latest estimates, democrats are facing a wipeout this fall. they're headed to lose the house and maybe the senate. it's beginning to look really bad, let's be honest. the good news is the democrats are beginning to fight back. here's barbara boxer playing offense, which is what democrats need to do against her senate opponent carly fiorina last night. >> people are going to decide if
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they want to have me back or if they want to elect someone who made her name as a ceo at hewlett-packard laying thousands and thousands of workers off. >> some are talking about a shutdown. do you want to go through that again? and my home state of pennsylvania, the democrat on the hard right is joe sestak. he'll join us soon to talk about his come from behind fight against pat toomey. plus, should president obama have done anything differently to stop the disaster. no federal federal, no wall street reform. finally, wait until you see arizona governor jan brewer's
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excruciating 13 seconds of brain freeze in last night's debate. that's in the side show. let's start with whether president obama could have done anything differently to avoid a midterm election disaster. politics daily's david corn and micha michael sheerer writes for "time" magazine. michael, i'm going right to you. trust in the government dropping about 20%. yet, obama offered government as the primary solution to most of the nation woes, calling for new investments on health care. they say repeatedly telling pollsters that have helped the economy, if he had been at nothing, a numb nut, done nothing, been a jerry ford, just carried on and done nothing, would he be better off than being the active progress he's
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been? that's the biggest complaint. >> that's one. the biggest thing hurting him in the poll is health care. he gets hurt in places like indiana, which is where i went for the story, for the optional things he went for. >> back to your point. if head been a good time charlie, no rock the boat obama, done nothing big, just done stimulus, you're reporting he would have been better off politically. >> among independent voters if he made jobs in the economy the only issue, the immediate problem, the only issue for 2009 arguably -- >> but he would have pushed almost a trillion dollars in stimulus spending. a big chunk was tax cuts. >> you're saying he wouldn't be hated by the senate or the right? >> this is not about either/or. clearly the economy is killing him. kpleerly people are angry at washington trying to figure out where the line is. if you talk to the white house, they follow the line you're approaching which is, there's nothing we could have done here.
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>> i'm challenging you, i don't know if there was an easy safe haven. if he had done middle of the road, blah, blah, blah, would he be more popular today? >> if the stimulus was less than it was we would have higher unemployment. right then and there he would be in deeper water. i don't think it's what he did, i think it's also how he did it. you know, the long slog on health care reform at the end of the day made it seem like a -- like a small victory, an ugly victory. >> i know. he didn't have much choice, did he? >> he did have a choice. how long did he spend trying to court republicans? >> but what was his terpt? >> they didn't vote for it to begin with. >> what was his alternative? i'm getting no wrote. >> his alternative to was to pass it without her vote. >> they got it because they got 60 votes. >> but without her. >> all right. dry draw the line at reasonable. here's the point.
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why are the voters in the polls -- now some are not the most reliable polls, but i'm seeing enough evidence to think there's something going on. when people say, independent voters say they would rather have bush back after iraq and taking the economy, doubling the national debt, clinton left with a big fast surplus, why would you want that back? what does reporting tell you? >> what a -- these are independent voters. the miracle of obama in 2008 wasn't that he got elected. he got elected in states like indiana and north carolina that didn't go democrat very often. he did that by grabbing independent voters who were sick of president bush, and he offer ad broad promise of hope and change that hasn't been delivered. that's what he's suffering for. i think in a place like ohio where you're talking about the poll, people are saying, look, we weren't treated well with alaska. we're not treated well with this guy. we'll take whatever we can get. >> it has been a message problem out of the white house. when you have polls showing that
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people don't believe the stimulus has created jobs or saved jobs. that's within the realm of control for the white house. >> there's two choices when you vote. a "d" or "r." and they're voting for a guy who was so sloppy on fiscal policy. refused to veto a fiscal spending bill that we doubled the national debt. do they know that's what "r" means this november? >> when i was in philadelphia, he won with 67% of the vote a couple years ago, he is dealing with voters telling me barack obama is not the guy i voted for. i thought he was going to turn the economy around. he didn't turn the economy around. i didn't know he was going to do the health care thing. i thought he was going to change
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washington. >> that's election talk. >> right. but these are i think dependent voters. they're not high information voters. >> if obama was running for the election, the economy wasn't in the tank. it was in the tank during the transition. doesn't anybody remember that? the last quarter of the bush administration everything went to hell. >> a couple weeks after he got to office, he said i'm going to pass the stimulus. elkhart's unemployment is rising. >> it was rising when he came in. this is the administration's only gag. democrats are livid because they don't think the white house is living up to the obligation, making the case you just made. >> let's get to the numbers. unemployment was 4.2% when bush came in. when he left it was up to 7.6%.
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when bush came into office we had a $281 billion dollar clinton-led surplus. when he left he had a deficit of $10.6 trillion. the voter out there, he can only choose between what he had and what he has. you're saying he's going to choose what he had in elkhart, indiana. >> they're not voting for bush. they're voting -- >> the memory of what? >> they're disappointed with what they have. this isn't an election between bush and obama. there's polls in ohio that say different things. i'll give you an example. there's a poll -- >> excuse mef. you know more than the average voter because you know what it means. the people waiting over the american enterprise institute now can come rushing back to the the second this government is in. whoever else is on their list they want to fight next. they'll push for an easier time on wall street, less regulation
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of the oil industry, more tax cuts for the big business crowd, all that stuff is waiting for him to get back into power. >> i was at a hois house -- they are furious at both. they're going to pull the lever. they're employed. one thing they said to me is i thought obama was going to get us out of this war. he got us into another one. >> he got us into afghanistan. >> afghanistan. they were using the war argument as an argument against obama. >> because the surge afghanistan. >> the war is unpopular. the economy is unpopular. >> by the way, i might be with you on that one. >> if obama wants to make the case that things will get worse under the republicans, he's not making it strong enough. look at the last few speeches he's given. he talks about iraq and says it's time to turn the page. let's tell you how great things are going in afghanistan.
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>> he gave a neo-con speech. everybody knows he's a dove. he should have talked like a dove. you guys are smart. good reporting in "time." i may disagree only about the fact that i don't like what i'm reading, although it's true. thank you, guys. it's always great. coming up next, joe sestak and the good fight against pat toomey. and later i'm going to tell you exactly what i think about president obama and what he should do. you're watching "hardball" on msnbc. out there every day with clients like jetblue -- financing their fleet, sharing our expertise, and working with people who are changing the face of business in america. after 25 years in the aviation business, i kind of feel like if you're not having fun at what you do, then you've got the wrong job. my landing was better than yours. no, it wasn't. yes, it was. was not. yes, it was. what do you think? take one of the big ones out?
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congressman joe sestak pulled off a big upset when he beat arlen specter, senator forever in pennsylvania. sestak may need another upset come november. he faced a tough political climate up there. pat toomey of the far right is averaging a six-point gain on him now in the latest pollster average poll. congressman sestak joins us now. pennsylvania, as you know, i'm talking to an expert, it's a purple state. it's somewhere in the middle. it's a john wayne state. how come toomey is doing well on the far right side? what's going on? >> well, you know, i just came from the grange fair parade, 35,000 pennsylvanians sitting dead center in the heartland of pennsylvania. shook every hand in the parade.
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even after congressman toomey special interest groups, club for growth, which congressman too manyey headed founded by wall street when he was a lobbyist. after they poured $5.5 million into negative ads, i'm sitting pretty darn well. i tell everybody i'm just a navy guy. we're not liberals. we're not conservatives. we don't breed them. we breed problem solvers. i'm going to stand up to my own party when it's wrong. you're seeing us a couple points behind. this is pennsylvania. common sensical people. they're not going to have a wolf in sheep's clothing. they want someone fighting for the them. >> let me ask you this one. it's close to my heart.
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they built big things like train cars and sunway cars with steel. they had really jobs. they can provide for a family with one person working. give me the common sense solution to that one. >> i just did an event down there. lee high german town carter. that's exactly where you're talking about. i calm out of there last week. it's all about small business. nano technology. if we were given a tax credit for every payroll job, we would create five million jobs in two, two and a half years. in seconds, getting community banks to start lending again.
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that's for any person who suggested in a small company. that's philadelphia that you're talking about they've had a negative 4% growth in small business. it's focused on small businesse businesses. >> you know what you should do, ask them how many bridges are below safety code and fix them. this country says they can't do jobs. >> without question. >> let me ask you about support from the establishment. you beat the heck out of these people. you took the machine such as it was on that day. could be more interested on general election day and beat the heck out of them. >á are those guys still mad at you for beating specter? >> look, i'm not going to depend
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upon that. we're out there working every day. more than that, i am going to leverage the center of excellence. i also have over 25 offices open. 25,000 phone calls a day since january. we're going to build a warfare coalition like the 30 ships i had when i was a navy admiral working together. i think when they find how extreme he is, you're going to ho love pat toomy. >> give me some examples. he said basically he's a free marketer. let it ride. don't do anything. the government has no responsibility to save industries in trouble. what's your view? >> in his book he calls it creative destruction.
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it will have creative destruction in america where people will be unemployed. zero taxes for corporations where you don't have to pay for it. when he was wornging for a hong kong billionaire, he worked on the currency swaps that helped china keep down over the years the value of the won. we have someone who receives big benefits. he actually believed on the maul business committee, he slashed in half the small business budget. he voted against studies for women to find out why they're only getting 2% of federal contracts to small businesses? he voted against it. talk about a challenge in philadelphia? only 28% of african-american males are graduating from high school there. it's only 3 #% of white.
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this is about the common good. he slashed the educate budget by $3 million. this is the worst, i think. when he was president of club for growth, and i like pat, i've had a beer with him. when he was president of club for growth, which john mccain call ad grab bag for the ultra rich, when he was president he had as his principle mission purging the republican party of moderates. >> i know. is he a right winger? is he a right winger? >> yes. >> let me ask you, look. congressman, admiral, you deserve both titles. you've earned them. are you going to get bill clinton in there look at anywhere in that state which has been hammered with unemployment? if they had that, they
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unbelievable middle class. are you going to bring bill clinton in there? h would be better for the president to help you in pennsylvania? >> he's already come in for scranton. great rally. unfortunately i was down in washington for the good business of voting for the bill that congressman too mamey opposed. >> you going to bring it back? >> absolutely. they tell me i'm their top priority. thank you, congressman joe sestak running for pennsylvania senator. up next, this is worth waiting for. you got to see this. arizona governor jan brewer has been in office for a while now. she had what we call in our business, anybody who has to be on television, a brain freeze. i sympathize with this, but it
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back to "hardball." now for the side show. remember when you had to get up and speak in school and you got a cold brush of stage fright? remember? anyone who has been through it, for jan brewer on arizona's last night governor's debate. hooer her answer to what she's accomplished in office? >> arizona has been brought back from the abyss. we have cut the budget. we have balanced the budget. and we are moving forward. we have done everything that we could possibly do.
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we did what was right for arizona. >> well, that brain freeze cost her the governorship? probably not. she's ahead of her democratic challenger by double digits. now, could john bolton, the super hawk u.n. ambassador under bush, could he run for president? well, he didn't rule it out. >> are you running for president in 2012? >> well, it's a great honor when people ask me that question. and i have been asked the question. i don't think anybody involved in politics should worry about that until after the election this fall. >> so you're not saying no? >> well, i hope he told everyone
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what he voted against in 2006 and 2008. the ideology that led us into attacking a country that never attacked us. this guy is a super hawk of all times. finally, sarah palin waxes the media. old story, right? she debuted a new line of attack yesterday on a radio show. this is the same day a scathing profile of her ran in "vanity fair." here she is going after the author. >> i hear there's pretty ugly stuff coming out. those who are impotent and limp and gutless, and then they go on their anonymous, and impotent and limp and gutless reporters take anonymous sources and site them as being factual references. >> let me get this straight, impotent and limp. don't go messing with mama grizzly. as for the reporter of the offending article, the guy she was so tenderly describing.
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he said he kept some of the worst stuff out of the article. now to big numbers. think jan brewer is the only governor who will sign tough immigration laws? think again. a whole crowd is hawking bills similar to the one in arizona. how many states? at least 20. 20 states are pushing that. everywhere from massachusetts to georgia to alabama. candidates pushing the anti-illegal immigration line. coming up, we're two months away from the midterm elections, and the democrats have finally started fighting back. you're watching "hardball," only on msnbc. can i have some ice cream please ? no, it's just for new people. hey ! chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry ?
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cnbc market wrap. the dow jones industrial climbing 50 points. the s&p 500 higher by 9 and the nasdaq adding 23. investors reacting cautiously to slightly better than expected retail. most buckling up ahead of friday's crucial unemployment numbers. department store chains did particularly well, sending shares soaring 18%. stock shares are up as well. they've been all over the place on rumors of a possible takeover bid by an investment consumer. somewhat bleaker results. abercrombie & fitch up today. burger king shares having a whopper of a session after being sold to 3g capital for more than 3
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$3.25 billion. now back to "hardball." >> back to hardball. democrats hoped the economy would bounce back this summer ahead of midterm elections. here's what the associated press put out today. new applications declined for a second straight week after rising the previous three weeks. retailers supported surprisingly strong sales in august. it might be too late. given what we see at this moment, republicans have a good chance to win the house by picking up as many as 47 seats. gentlemen, let's take a look at the beginning of an opening shot after a strong counter attack led by a strong, certainly a
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veteran smart politician who always seems to win, even in tough races. here's barbara boxer who knows how the fight. in a debate last night ribbing the scab off carly fiorina and her jobs record. >> if you look at senator boxer's tax record, you will see this. she is for more taxes. she is for more spending. she is for more regulation. and he is also for big government and elite, extreme environmental groups. >> people are going to decide if they want to have me back, or if they want to elect someone who made her name as a ceo in hewlett-packard laying thousands and thousands of workers off, shipping their jobs overseas, making no sacrifice while she was doing it, taking $100 million. i don't think we need those wall street values right now.
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>> you know, that gets to the heart of it. after all the b.s. or talk or rhetoric or ideology, it comes down to what you do in your life. mitt romney got hit hard for this, not having health insurance for his employees. she had a messy departure from hp. now you find out she laid off tons of people. that's a hard thing to get past for people who have to vote for you. >> the situation is slightly unique in california in that carly fiorina's resumé is not the resumé you want to run on in this election. took a big golden parachute, et cetera, et cetera. number two, what you saw in the clips is fascinating. the first clip is basically a referendum on barbara boxer. she's been in washington too long. barbara boxer comes back and says this is a choice between what i've done and carly fiorina has done.
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democrats trying to make it into a choice. republicans making it into a referendum. >> this environment, which is worse? a career politician or long time ceo? both figures are not held in high esteem. >> keep in mind, boxer in the past has been held by the top of the ticket. three times she's run, she had bill clinton, gray davis. winning california by big margins every time. it's not happened this time. >> she's also been good as having vulnerable opponents. >> and weak. >> she also finds something to turn it around at the end. here she is going against fiorina in a state that hasn't elect ad pro-life person in 20 years. here she is hitting the weak spot if you will, politically, of fiorinfiorina. let's listen. >> i am pro life because of my personal experiences. my husband's mother was told to abort him. she did not. her health was threatened as a
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result. she lived to the ripe old age of 98. my husband is the rock of my life. >> i respect everybody's personal view. everybody has a story as to why they come to a personal opinion. that's why i'm pro choice. i let people decide. what the people of california have to understand is that if my opponent's views prevailed, they would go to jail. women would die like they did before roe v. wade. this isn't about my opponent's personal view or my personal view. it's about the women and the families of our state and of our country. >> you know, whatever your view is about abortion rights and whether it should be outlawed or people should be punished for it, that's always going to be a debate in the country, a lot of younger voters have forgotten what the old laws were like. don't think this thing is locked in. this right you have under the
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law. it's going to be a debalt bait in the country how we treat this sensitive moral question. barbara boxer wants to fight on this social ground. she has the personal story. the simple fact is that the vast majority of californians are pro choice. her socialist views help her. with democrats in control of the white house n control of the congress. even in a democratic state like california may not be a winning argument for barbara boxer. she is smart to focus on the social issues tragedically. >> she did say if i had the opportunity to outlaw abortion she would do it. or take away roe v. wade. just get rid of the right. >> she says she would overturn it. which is really striking. with the economy as it is, can
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boxer drive the cultural issues? >> not all women voters. this is a hot issue. it seems to me california has been so consistent on this. >> right ch for decades. >> all the republicans who have won. >> but here's the question. not just with the economy being what it is, but is roe versus wade under threat? if it's not, can -- >> what i liked about last night's debate without taking sides on a particular point she raised, i like that she didn't play defense. let me go into this, chris. we're talking basic politics. when you're fighting for your political life, as the democrats are now. with big stakes whether we fight war or we don't, whether the government takes an active role in unemployment probs or it doesn't, or with health care and the oil stray, these are hot stakes. are the democrats going to say do you want us or do you want them? don't just complain or bitch if
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you will. you have to choose. if they're going to win the election or cut their loss, they have to force people to choose in the voting booth between what they've got now, which hay may not like, and something they have have worse. >> people always say i hate negative ads. i would say negative ads are what you should do if you're a democrat in this electoral environment. you may not like president obama, but this alternative is worse. here's why it's worse. here's what if this person was in charge, if they were running things, here's what they do. that's the only way democrats win in an environment like this. >> you know who they could learn from? the right. this is senate ads the group called american crossroads. a fund raising group led by karl rove. the democrats want to learn to play "hardball," watch rove and let's listen. >> obamacare is the wrong way
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for kentucky. and jack conway is going the wrong way. >> coloradans are in debt to washington. deeply in debt. big spenders like michael bennet are spending $2 million on average per day. >> robin carnahan supports the obamacare law. >> they always make the guy or woman look terrible. >> always. the worst possible picture. you have to find the worst shots. and the architect of the republican lost to the house, the senate, the presidency. here he is again. >> well, exactly. also, they are crafting ads that have a very good message in places like kentucky and nevada. where the campaigns there, with these insurgents may not be running such top quality ads at least given previously the state
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of their campaign. >> real quick. last word. >> the one thing you she in all the ads, the word washington. which people hate. being connected to washington is an absolute no starter in an election. whether you're a republican, democrat, independent, green, constitution, if you are connected to washington. you will not win. >> if they think a little bit before they vote, they may pull this out. >> up next, republicans across the country are using illegal immigration, a campaign issue to get elected this fall. new numbers show a drop in illegal immigration over the last five years, believe it or not. how will it play in november? this is "hardball" on msnbc. to. ♪ now the healing power of touch just got more powerful. introducing precise from the makers of tylenol. precise pain relieving heat patch activates sensory receptors.
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♪ well, if you come from the hood ♪ ♪ or ya come from the burbs ♪ got the fellas up in here tonight ♪ ♪ ♪ we at the block party having fun ♪ >> liberals won't like i when i empower local law enforcement to help deport illegal ill yens. but it must be done. the federal government failed to secure our borders. taxpayers over a billion dollars each year.
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my concern is you. >> welcome back to hardball. nathan diehl is not alone in making immigration a hot issue. candidates in 20 states are endorsing the laws. the numbers tell a different story. a new pew report shows illegal immigration has dropped over the past decade from an average of 850,000, almost a million at the start of the decade to 300,000 at this time now. the estimated number number of illegal aliens is down from a peak of 12 to 11.1 in 2009. why are politics on the right ratcheting up up the fear factor? maria, where does this stand as a political issue now? we're going to show you tough stuff from jan brewer. here's jan brewer. here she is on fox in june.
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>> it's a good bill. it's another tool fortous be able to use in order to get our o borders under control. we cannot afford the illegal immigration and everything that goes with it. from the crime and drugs and kidnapping and extortions and beheadings. it's wrong. >> beheadings may not be the right word. medical examiners said hay hadn't seen immigration-related beheadings. reporter challenged governor brewer to see what is she talking about? let's listen to her nonresponse. >> why wouldn't you revamp the comments you made earlier about the beheading? >> that's a serious question, governor. >> well, this was an interesting evening. >> please answer the question about the beheadings.
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why won't you recant that? >> thank you, all. >> oh! >> it's a serious issue. if illegal immigration stopped. i want a legal system, a liberal system enforced. i think we ought to have a some of workers, a system of liberal immigration. i want it on paper. i want the game to end. i want the cheap exploitation of labor to end. i don't want anybody hired under the table. i want everybody getting the benefits of legal residence working here. i don't want more game playing by the democrats or business people or anybody else. that's my setup to our conversation. let's have a serious conversation. this are to good guys in the suit. tell me where this is going to play politically this november. how is this illegal immigration
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issue going to cut? zl the republicans are feeling leadership when it comes to immigration. they're creating racial profiling. that's a reason the brewer bill was gutted by the federal court. what needs to happen, and this is a prime opportunity for the democrats to really space it instead of cowering to the republicans, they have to come up with a solution. the comprehensive immigration reform bill that was recently offered, that's duds what you're saying. it's incredibly tough on undocumented individuals. they have to pay taxes and get to the back of the line. they have to secure the border. and more importantly there's verify. that means every single payer person in the united states. >> what's your view. you have a different view. >> i think we're oversimplifying. >> just to respond her. she said let's do something on verification, illegal hiring, let's let people become americans if they're willing to pay the price and do it right. >> we need to strengthen board irer security but we need a
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guest worker program. >> who's against that? >> the democrats are. because they're controlled by the unions. president of the alf cole is saying that comprehensive -- that you cannot have comprehensive immigration reform with a guest worker program. they're against. obama so far has only mentioned employer sanctions and without a guest worker program to facilitate the legal flow workers our economy needs, we're not going to solve this problem. guess what, only republicans are mentioning a guest worker program. >> that's part of the issue. let me get back to you so you can respond. maria. >> fundamentally the republican party, the only thing that you found with the 20 states introducing this tough undocumented individuals is basically you know, promoting racial profiling. those are not solutions. >> respond to what he said though. part of the solution is to me, clean up the system, no more games. no more under the table, no more
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cheap hiring and exploitation of labor. no more game playing by the democrats. are you for guest worker program as part of the solution or not? he said you're not? >> we have to have smart solutions. >> but you're not answering the question. >> but i am, chris. that's part of the legislation that schumer introduced was a guest worker program. it's also talking about e verify. >> it's a commission. >> it's a commission. what they would create is a commission, another bureaucracy. >> to do what? >> to determine how many people come in each year. in the obama administration he would appoint people with tise to the labor unions. let the market determine how many people come in. >> who's going to help this election, maria teresa? >> right now the republicans because the latino vote right now doesn't see any leadership from the republicans or the democrats. >> thank you very much. as always, nice to meet you.
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let me finish tonight with thedy re political future facing the democrats two months from now. here it is straight from the shoulder. no bedside manner. strictly "hardball."
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it looks like the republicans are going to win control of the u.s. government next january. if they win the house of representatives, that's enough. they'll control tax policy, spending policy, overall fiscal policy, trade policy and they'll control the power of subpoena. they can push tax cuts up to the hilt and launch endless investigations of this administration. mr. obama will still be president but the opposition will be controlling the headlines and what gets done. except for foreign policy, where he'll keep control of things like the mideast and the afghanistan war. this transformative presidency will be pretty up simmied. i'm giving it to you strictly "hardball." this is the way it looks. even if the republicans don't win the senate with some smart people like the university of virginia larry sabato think they could do. right now the biggest danger the president's party faces is bad morale. people who voted for him are disappointed with the bad economy. they felt closer to him two
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years ago than they do now. he's got two months to do something about it to salvage a rough result. to save the senate seats of progressives barbara boxer, patty murray and russ feingold. to give joe sestak and jack conway and alexei giannoulas a better chance and maybe help bringing in harry reid, as well. every one of these candidates could lose bringing about a total democratic calamity. every one of these candidates has a solid chance of winning. the key is for the president to campaign to be the person he was from 2004 through 2008. the inspiring hard-working focused democratic hero that he was. he needs to sell his connection as he did through all that time with the prospect of change. he's been working on change creating jobs, doing health care, cleaning up wall street, working for a peaceful role
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abroad. he's got to sell the fact that he barack obama obama not only gives a damn but has put forgot an effort to turn this country around. he needs to use the presidency starting labor day to cut his losses and to set the terms for the next two years of political combat. the republicans, it's clear already, will use the coming two years to win back the white house. their opposition if it continues on course will be mainly destructive. that means the president needs challenge the voters, his vote irs with lethal questions. do you want wars on demand which will be the case if the hawks get back in power? an untamed glutton news wall street? a rising gap between the top and the middle which is certainly be the case if the republicans get their tax policies securely in place. and he better start now making that sound as terrible as it is. he better start cheerleader, he better start warning. he better start reminding because the other side


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